Week eight is upon us, and as the season has reached the halfway mark, we now have a good sample of what teams we are trying to exploit. Specific teams get beaten up by certain positions, so even if your team is riddled with injuries like many of ours are at this point, there are always moves to be made or trades to make to try and better your situation. This week there a few juicy matchups on the slate with some under-the-radar potential.
Carson Wentz QB Philadelphia Eagles (vs Cowboys)
The divisional matchup between the Eagles and Cowboys is hard to get excited about as both teams have played pretty poorly this year. The Cowboys are down to their third-string quarterback, and defensively they have been atrocious. Wentz has lost many of his weapons this season but continues to produce; he’s thrown for touchdowns in all but one game this year and had his first 300-yard game a week ago. The Cowboys have allowed 15 passing touchdowns on the year; Wentz makes a great streamer if you need one this week.
Jonathan Taylor RB Indianapolis Colts (at Lions)
The rookie out of Wisconsin is proving that he can get the job done at the next level. This week he gets a great matchup with the Lions, who allow 114 rushing yards per game and have surrendered seven touchdowns on the year. Taylor is averaging 15 attempts per game and three catches per game. This is an excellent spot for that breakout game we’ve all anxiously been waiting for.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB Kansas City Chiefs (at Jets)
Even with the addition of Lev Bell, CEH is still in command of this backfield, and it should remain that way going forward. Bell will play but shouldn’t be a serious threat to take away meaningful touches from the rookie. This week he gets a fantastic matchup against the Jets, who appear to be just playing out the string at this point. They’ve allowed 735 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to the position this year and are playing some lousy football on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs and CEH are in a smash spot this week.
Scott Miller WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Giants)
Miller gets a bump in all rankings for two reasons; Chris Godwin is out, and he’s playing the Giants this week. The Giants are allowing 172 yards per game to receivers along with 14 receptions per game this year. Miller has had a roller-coaster of a season but had his best game of the year last week, going for 109 yards and a score. He gets another plus matchup this week if you’ve got injuries.
Nelson Agholor WR Las Vegas Raiders (at Browns)
Nelson Agholor was a forgotten name in fantasy circles, but he has re-emerged and is playing some good football. He’s got three touchdowns in his last three games and had over 100-yards last week. He gets another great matchup this week against a Browns team that has given up 11 touchdowns and allows 210 yards per game to receivers. With all the injuries across the NFL, waivers are as thin as ever, and Agholor makes for a great under-the-radar pickup this week.
Jonnu Smith TE Tennesse Titans (at Bengals)
Smith had a down week against a tough Steelers team. This week is a different story as he gets a matchup with the Bengals, who last week allowed three touchdowns to tight ends. The Bengals have allowed the third-most touchdowns to the position in the league (6) and have allowed the third-most yardage (480). Last week was a fluke; Smith is in a prime spot for production this week.